Fourth lines do not typically make dazzling plays or incredible goals, but they do serve a purpose and that’s to bring a drive and physicality to the game for their team. The San Jose Sharks fourth line was no different for their team this past Sunday in Game 6 against the Los Angeles Kings.
The combination of Adam Burish, Andrew Desjardins and Bracken Kearns gave the Sharks the spark they needed to keep them in the game, win by a score of 2-1 and ultimately force a Game 7 between the two clubs. The game was Burish’s first time back in the lineup for San Jose since injuring his right wrist in Game 4. He, Desjardins and Kearns did not disappoint as they came together like a well-oiled machine to provide energy, battle for pucks and keep it in the offensive zone for the Sharks.
Although their numbers were not impressive as most fourth-liners’ are not, they were able to help their team out in ways that are not typically kept track of on paper by being physical and battling along the boards. This is just as important as scoring is for the top line.
San Jose will need more from their gritty fourth line come tonight when they take on the Kings in Game 7 to decide which team will be heading on to the Western Conference final.